Recently a few colleges, including the Universities of Virginia and South Carolina, announced plans to offer an undergraduate course on the music, celebrity and all-around mindfuck of Lady Gaga. UVA's is called "GaGa for Gaga: Sex, Gender, and Identity."
We've all heard about legendary and hard-to-get-into classes on topics that don't seem quite academically robust, most of them offered at Berkeley ("Arguing with Judge Judy," "The Simpsons and Philosophy"), or Oregon State's "Far Side Entomology" or Columbia College's "Zombies in Popular Media." But maybe the Southerners are on to something with the Gaga course: surely there's a lot to learn from the popular musicians of the world.
Below, some model offerings.
Oddities, Discourse and Boundaries: The Self-Actualization of ODB
The Geology of Rock: From Pavement to Sly and the Family Stone
Seeing the Sign: The Semiotics of Ace of Base
All's Phair in Love and Sex: Empowerment in Latter-Day Liz Phair
Satire: From Juvenal to Craig Finn
Beeyatch, Please: A New Lexicographical Reading of Too $hort
Andrew Jackson, Andrew W.K., and the Two-Party System
Supa Dupa Fruit Fly: Queering Missy Elliott
Trespasses on the Body Politic: An Iggy Pop Seminar
Marxism and the Guy from Toad The Wet Sprocket
Taking Lyle Lovett Seriously
The Anthropology of Bono
Ted Nugent: What?
Sade and Sadism
Which of these classes would you be trying to crash? Tell us in the comments.
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